Fake Identification Cards

WA: Fake IDs and under 18s



What is a fake ID? 

A ‘fake ID’ can mean a couple of things. It includes:

  • a fake ID that looks like a real ID (for example, you’ve created it on your computer)

  • a real ID that has been scratched or altered in any way (like to make you seem older)

  • a real ID which belongs to someone else (like a friend’s or sibling’s ID).

What are the accepted forms of ID?

In Western Australia, you can prove your age using:

  • a current Australian drivers’ licence or any passport;  or

  • a current photo card or proof of age card (from WA or interstate).

Can I use a fake ID?

Using a fake ID to get alcohol or get into licensed premises

No. It’s against the law to use a fake ID to enter a pub, club, bar, obtain alcohol or buy cigarettes.

If you are caught using a fake ID to enter a pub, club or bar or to obtain alcohol, you can:

  • be asked to leave a bar, pub, club or other place selling alcohol; or
  • have your ID confiscated; or
  • be given a warning or caution; or
  • be fined $200 on the spot by police;  or
  • choose to have the matter decided by a court (which may fine you up to $2,000 if you are convicted).


Using a fake ID to buy cigarettes



If you’re caught using a fake ID to buy cigarettes, you can:

  • be given a warning or caution; or

  • be fined $100; and
  • have cigarettes confiscated from you.

 

If you use a forged or altered WA Photo Card or WA Driver’s Licence to do any of these things, you could be

  • given a warning or caution; or

  • fined up to $2,500.



Can I lend my ID to someone else?

No. It’s against the law to give your WA Photo Card or Driver’s Licence to someone else.  If you are caught, you may be:

  • given a warning or caution; or

  • fined up to $2,500.

 

Can I use someone else’s real ID?

No. It’s against the law to use someone else’s ID, even if it’s real. 

If you use someone else’s WA Photo Card or WA Driver’s Licence to do anything, you can be:  

  • given a warning or caution; or

  • fined up to $2,500.



Can I make a fake ID?

It’s against the law to make a fake WA Photo Card or WA Driver’s Licence, or scratch a real one. It’s also against the law just to have a fake WA Photo Card or WA Driver’s Licence on you if you plan on using it to deceive anyone.

If you are caught doing this, you can be:

  • given a warning or caution; or

  • fined up to $2,500.



What if I lie or give false information to get a real ID?

It’s against the law to lie or give incorrect information in order to get a driver’s license or photo card.  

If you are caught doing this, you can be:

  • given a warning or caution; or
  • fined up to $2,500.

 

This page was last updated on 17 November 2014. 

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